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The Square: Fighting for the Revolutionary Narrative

The Square: Fighting for the Revolutionary Narrative

It is 2011: the Tunisians have successfully ousted Ben Ali, and the revolutionary fervor has just reached Egypt. This is where The Square (al-Midan) begins, in what would later be named Tahrir Square, talking to wide-eyed, excited activists who have pitched tents and are beginning their own calls of freedom: “The people demand the downfall of the regime.” The film is criticized for its biases, but also lauded for its intimate portrayal of this momentous event.

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In Egypt, Cutting the Nose in Spite of the Face

In Egypt, Cutting the Nose in Spite of the Face

Although the swift rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt over the last year and a half has been fraught with protests, counter-protests, and violent confrontation,  both supporters and opponents of the Islamist organization realize that the group provides an important array of services to the less fortunate in Egypt.

(Photo: Fourthfloor | Flickr)

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Weekend Roundup: Jan. 18-21

Weekend Roundup: Jan. 18-21

In this weekend's roundup:

  • U.N. Rescinds Iran Invitation to Syria Conference
  • Syrian Defector Reveals Graphic Images of Detainees in al-Assad’s Prison Camps
  • Iran Limits Nuclear Activity in Accordance with P5 + 1 Deal
  • UAE Convicts 30 of Organizing Illegal Muslim Brotherhood Branch
  • Egyptian Supporters of al-Sisi Urge a Presidential Run
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